Homemade Dice

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Numbers on opposite sides of die add up to seven.
Numbers on opposite sides of die add up to seven. (Image: red dice image by Steve Marquez from Fotolia.com)

As the A Blue Star website points out, dice have been used for thousands of years--dice made from bone and ivory have been found in Egyptian pyramids. Nowadays they are more commonly made from plastic. They are an integral part of many board games, and there is nothing more annoying than digging out an old board game and getting ready to playg, only to discover that the dice are missing. It is possible to make your own paper dice. If there is one die with the board game but you need two, make two paper dice, as it will feel better to roll two dice of the same type.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Paper glue

Draw a four-inch-long, one-inch-wide rectangle on the paper using the ruler and pencil.

Divide the rectangle into four squares. Each box in the rectangle will be one square inch in size.

Add a one-square-inch box onto the side of the third square up (or second square down) in the rectangle. You will now have a long cross shape made out of six of these one-inch squares.

Write "1," "2," "6" and "5," in that order, on the squares, from the top of the rectangle downward. The "2" should be in the middle of the three squares that form the crossbar of the shape. On the box to the left of the "2," write "4," and on the box to the right of the "2," write "3." Rather than writing the numbers, you might want to make your dice in a more traditional style and put dots in each box to represent the numbers.

Extend the three outside boxes at the top of the cross shape by drawing a narrow rectangle on the top of the "1" square as well as on the side of the "4" and "3" squares. These narrow rectangles should be of approximately a sixth of an inch in width and will be one inch long, like the squares they are attached to.

Cut around your cross shape and the narrow extending rectangles.

Fold along all the pencil lines in your cut-out shape.

Hold the paper cut out in the cube shape it forms when folded and the squares are at right angles to each other.

Glue the narrow extending rectangles into place on the inside of the square they match up with when the cube is formed.

Repeat the process if your game requires more than one die.

Tips & Warnings

  • It might make your dice slightly easier to glue together if you cut the narrow extending rectangles so that they slope inward at the sides, making the top of them narrower than the bottom where they join the squares.
  • You can use sticky tape instead of paper glue if you find this easier.

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